Obituaries for Sunday, June 15, 2008

• Esteban Largusa

• Veronica Gomez

• Gayle Kohatsu

• Ricardo Garma Sr.

• Michael Iida

• Daniel Funamura II


Esteban Largusa

Esteban “Raleigh” Largusa of Kapa‘a died on June 8, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 66. He was born on April 21, 1942, in Kilauea. He was a retired rigging supervisor for the government at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

He is survived by wife Gloria; daughters Marla (Kevin) Boddy and Laura (Tyrone) Coleman-Vialdores; six grandsons, all of California; brothers Ben (Fely) Largusa of Las Vegas, Frank (Kathy) Largusa of California, Ming (Janet) Largusa of Lihu‘e, Norman (Edie) Largusa of California; foster brother Bob (Dolly) Mandap of Honolulu; sisters Aurea Laymon of Kapa‘a, Dolly Espina of Kapa‘a, Loretta (Ken) Goode of California, Elaine Prabula of Honolulu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, June 16, at St. Catherine Church from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the Largusa family with arrangements.


Veronica Gomez

Veronica Puanani Gomez of Lawa‘i died at home on June 7, 2008, at the age of 67. She was born in ‘Ele‘ele on Aug. 3, 1940 to Ethel and Alex Gomez.

Aunty Puanani graduated from St. Francis High School on O‘ahu and the Kauai Technical Institute. She retired from Kauai Electric after 30 years of service in the accounting department. She was also a retired officer and member of Hale O Na‘Ali‘i O Hawai‘i.

She is survived by brother James (Heike) Fujita; niece Michelle (Richard) Anama; nephews Chris (Jenny) Fujita, Kawika Fujita and Keola (Andrea) Fujita; grand-nieces and grand-nephews Laakea and Piikea Fujita, Kalei and Kanoa Fujita, and Kela and Pono Anama; cousins Luana Yamato, Nani Yamato, and Ulu Lee; Uncle George Furtado; Aunt Mildred Miller; and numerous other cousins and friends.

Aunty Puanani will be remembered for her kind spirit and generous heart.

She loved dancing cachi cachi, singing Hawaiian music, cooking and crocheting. She took care of many and was devoted to her family. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to all those who touched Aunty Puanani’s life, especially in her final days.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20, at Holy Cross Church. Mass will be at 11 a.m., followed by burial at the church cemetery. Casual attire is suggested and flowers omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


Gayle Kohatsu

Gayle Kehaulani Kohatsu of Kaua‘i died on May 30, 2008, at Straub Clinic and Hospital at the age of 59. Born on Aug. 25, 1948, in Honolulu, she lived on the island of Kaua‘i for 21 years.

She is survived by husband Eldon N. Kohatsu Sr.; sons Eldon N. ( Rolinda) Kohatsu Jr., Michael H. K. (Lani) Kohatsu of Honolulu, Brian T. Kohatsu, Dean K.N. (Dayna) Kohatsu of Kaua‘i; daughter Marisa T.U. (James) Berardi of Kaua‘i; brothers Agenhart K. (Dorie) Ellis Jr., Daniel “Poki” (Hazel) Ellis, Gilbert “Kala” (Penny) Ellis of Honolulu, and Raynard (Janice) Ellis of Kaua‘i; sister Lianne Noelani (Harry) Donato of Honolulu; 22 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren of Honolulu.

Funeral services will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Honolulu on Monday, June 16. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The family requests casual attire. There will be a second service held on Kaua‘i at Hanama‘ulu Beach Park (Big Pavilion) on Sunday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m.

She will be laid to rest at Kalapaki Bay Park Memorial Gardens on Kaua‘i at a later date.


Ricardo Garma Sr.

Ricardo A. Garma Sr. of Hanalei died May 31, 2008, at Garden Isle Healthcare at the age of 94. Born Feb. 14, 1914, in Camaling Tarlac, Philippines, he was a retired taro farmer.

Garma is preceded in death by wife Marciana, parents Benito and Leona Garma of Camaling Tarlac, and brother Tranquilino Garma of Winnipeg, Canada.

He is survived by children Rosalina Linda (Ernie) of Kapahi, Yolanda (George) Baldwin of Kapahi, Ricardo (Carol) Garma Jr. of Hanalei, Leona Garma Lemn of Anahola, and Norbert Garma of Hanalei; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, June 19, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., with mass at 10 a.m. and burial to follow at Kealia Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Michael Iida

Michael Kunio Iida of Kalaheo died May 30, 2008, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital at the age of 18.

Born in Lihu‘e, he was a student at Waimea High School.

Iida was preceded in death by his father, Darrin Kunio Iida; grandfather Jose Raposas; and great-grandfather Cirilio Raposas.

He is survived by mother Teressa Han (Derwin M. Nohara) Iida; brothers Mark Kunio Iida, Davin Nohara and Michael Nohara; sister Deedriana Nohara; grandparents Yon “Hannah” Raposas, Daniel (Lim) Iida and Diana (Danny) Navarro; great-grandparents Rosalina Raposas, Satoyu (James) Kurihara and Kikuyo Ota; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, June 14, at Borthwick Mortuary Chapel in Koloa from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Services will be at 4 p.m. Interment will be on Monday, June 16, at Kauai Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m. Casual attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.


Daniel Funamura II

Daniel Chip Funamura II of Las Vegas, Nev., died June 5, 2008, at the age of 42. He was born in Lihu‘e on July 15, 1965.

A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i with a degree in economics, he was a loan officer on Kaua‘i. In Las Vegas he was a quick poker dealer and successful professional gambler.

Funamura was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley.

He is survived by parents Dan and Barbara Funamura, brother Mark, sister Joni (Rodney) Funamura-Sasil, and favorite niece Justice.

A visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary in Koloa; a service will follow at 4 p.m.

The family asks that flowers be omitted; aloha attire is suggested.

Arrangements are being handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary.

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